Red Wolves football holds split-squad practice

JONESBORO (8/7/09) - The Arkansas State football team held the second practice of its fall camp Saturday, running its first of three split-squad workouts in an effort to get more players repetitions and individual attention.

The first group, made up mostly of newcomers and players with less game-time experience, took the ASU practice fields at 4:30 p.m.

"The young guys showed some improvement," said ASU Head Coach Steve Roberts.  "Their heads are still swimming a little bit but they showed a lot of improvement over what they were able to do yesterday.  They got a little more individual coaching today and we put them in some team settings and I thought they got better."

The second group, which consisted mostly of veteran players, took the field at 6:10 p.m. for the second part of practice that held the same format as the first session.  The players went through individual, position and team drills and special teams practice before concluding with a team period.

"Today's practice with our veteran guys started off as well as any practice I have seen since I have been here," said Roberts.  "It was absolutely awesome.  But we didn't finish tonight's practice the way we should have and that was disappointing.  We've got to do a better job of keeping our composure and our focus.  You cut half the people out when you split practice, so you're getting more reps and getting tired, but you've got to learn to focus in those situations better than we did tonight."

ASU will hold its second split practice Sunday, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

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